Wednesday, August 10, 2005

It takes a law school

People from big law firms, to the best of my knowledge, tend to look down upon my law school. I partly understand why and I partly don't. I mean, to be sure, I look down upon my law school and most people who go there. I just get a little annoyed when I get mistakenly lumped in with the rest of them. I know it's a little silly, but I expect that people should be able to tell how much more of a quality human being I am than most people at my school. I think it's pretty damn clear, but lately it's been a bit of a challenge making others see it my way.

Tonight I went to a panel discussion at my school featuring hiring partners and other luminaries from several of the big firms here in the city. Shockingly, some of them actually went to my school! You would think that they would be more inclined to help a brother out, so to speak, and look at such amazing people as myself with a little tolerance and overlook petty little letters like grades. But no. In fact, I think that they are more critical than anyone else.

These people seem to think that since they made it out alive and gainfully employed without help from something as weak as an alumni network, why should they help us? Why should they cut any breaks to people who are smart, but maybe less good at law school?

It takes a special kind of hypocrite to look students from his own law school in the eye and say, "There are many opportunities for students like yourselves out there" on a Wednesday, and then look at a resume from one of us, check the class ranking, and then stoically send the resume to the paper shredder on a Thursday. It gives me pain to think about how completely corrupted the morals of such a person must be. This is what an inferiority complex will do to you.

Even though these people have "made it" and are partners at awesome firms, they still carry around that second-tier bitterness that corrodes their self-confidence and makes them defensive. Alumni of my school are the self-hating Jews of the law world. They walk around in their Pink shirts and custom-made suits, richer than you, you, and you, and yet they still know where they came from. None of the big firm cockiness will help. And I know that, even though I clearly also suffer from a superiority complex, it won't help me either.

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